Why All Pool Owners Need A Safety Cover

Why All Pool Owners Need A Safety Cover
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    You just bought a new home, and one of the big reasons you got this particular house – it has that wonderful pool in the back yard.

    But it didn’t have a cover – you asked – so it’s time to get a safety cover for your pool.

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Here are some things to look out for, and why that pool needs the protection of a covering.

Protect the kids and pets

The water is wonderful, but you don’t want to just leave it exposed. It’s a source of fun for the kids and pets, which means that they will be attracted to it. When you’re not around, you don’t want a child or a pet getting into the back yard and falling into that pool. That is the main purpose for a safety cover, and it does that function well. Since drowning is one of the greatest risks for children, it’s just a good investment.

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In addition to the primary safety function, there are a number of other benefits:

  • Extra heating.
    A safety cover will not only protect the kids, but be an additional source of keeping the water warm. The cover helps retain the heat of the day, and that means the pool heating system has to work less. An owner will quickly see lower energy costs after purchasing a pool cover.
  • Saves on cleaning.
    Without a cover, particularly over the winter, the pool will be a magnet for the leaves in the yard. If the leaves aren’t cleaned out, by spring, the pool will possibly have an algae problem. The cover can keep the spring cleaning to a minimum, by keeping the pool cleaner over the winter.
  • Less maintenance.
    Someone has to go clean the leaves out of the pool, and in the fall, it’s a task which can easily be overlooked if there’s a great football game on TV. Without a cover, the owner has to treat the algae problems that might develop over the winter, and scrub the pool to get rid of stains. With a cover, that time is minimized as well.

Types of covers

There are two primary choices – a mesh or a solid cover. There are advantages and disadvantages to both types. The mesh cover is lighter and easier to deploy and remove, but it doesn’t protect the pool from leaves and debris. The mesh allows rain and snow to seep through, which means that water doesn’t have to be pumped off of it.

The solid cover will keep the leaves and debris out of the pool, and keep it more clean over the winter. That will mean less maintenance in the spring. The solid cover is more complicated to put on and remove, and might require the effort of two people. These are choices that will depend on how much work the homeowner is willing to do.

How to fit the cover

If the pool owner has a rectangular pool, the dimensions can be measured and a cover can be prepared without a lot of complications. If the pool has curves, the problem becomes more complicated, and the owner has to decide if they are the type who wants that challenge, or would rather have the assistance of a pool professional. The pool owner doesn’t want to miss a critical measurement, and end up with a cover that doesn’t fit correctly, so be careful about deciding to measure on your own.

Sit back and relax as you watch that long anticipated football game in the fall, knowing that with the safety cover on the pool, there are no worries about the back yard.

Becky Flanigan writes for AnApplePerDay.com, and focuses on kids, parenting, exercise and health. She is avid about her workouts, which range from aqua jogging to marathon training. She and her husband Ed also enjoy entertaining and traveling with their three kids.

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